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"Ligand-Free" CuI-Catalyzed Highly Efficient Intramolecular S-Vinylation of Thiols with Vinyl Chlorides and Bromides

Qiwu Zhao, Ling Li, Yewen Fang, Deqian Sun and Chaozhong Li*

*Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 354 Fenglin Road, Shanghai 200032, People's Republic of China, Email:

Q. Zhao, L. Li, Y. Fang, D. Sun, C. Li, J. Org. Chem., 2009, 74, 459-462.

DOI: 10.1021/jo802235e

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With CuI as the catalyst and K3PO4 • 3 H2O as the base, a highly efficient, ligand-free intramolecular S-vinylation of thiols with vinyl chlorides or bromides was successfully implemented. Moreover, competition experiments revealed that the 4-exo cyclization is fundamentally preferred over other modes (5-exo, 6-exo, and 6-endo) of cyclization.

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Key Words

vinyl sulfides, heterocycles

ID: J42-Y2009-0180